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    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: April 2011

like Uncle J.

If you’ve been around this blog at all then you know of the mutual obsession between my kids and their Uncle J.  Recently, he was in town for Brett’s birthday. The morning he was going to leave and was still sleeping, Adin came in my office dressed in J’s hat and coat. I was just smitten. I had to run and grab my camera to capture the sweet boy who just adores his Uncle.:)

Brown eyes & freckled cutie- Adin ~ 8 yrs. old

April 29, 2011 - 5:07 pm

Emilie - Cute photos!!!

April 29, 2011 - 5:23 pm

lucy - i love this. A is so precious!

April 29, 2011 - 6:10 pm

Uncle J - LOVE!

film {experiment in light}

This is Brett, the other half of studio3z, writing my first, hopefully not last, blog entry.  Hello all!

So, we’ve decided to start shooting film again and I took my first roll of medium format film a couple of weeks ago.  I’m calling this my first “film experiment in light.”  There is something about film that draws us in to the images…something I can’t amply describe, but I like to call it “The Van Gogh Effect” because film grain and blur reminds me of his amazing textures and I love how it seems so much more pure, raw, and organic than digital.  And, I am an organic purist at heart.  There is  something deeply emotional about film in that it requires more time, effort, and patience.  Film also requires us to have a deeper connection with the subject that is elsewise absent.  This is what I love.

Well, I decided a few months back that I wanted to get back full circle to where this all began, but was dragging my heels on it.  When Jessica and I first started shooting together, I shot a lot of film.  Some of those photographs are still some of my favorites to date, but I could never get past the ease and convenience of digital.  This all met with a crescendo upon attending the WPPI conference this year.  This is where I became friends with a kindred spirit, Gabe McClintock, the incredibly talented man behind the camera of Perspectiveye Photography. Gabe was instrumental in my decision to start shooting film again and he was very helpful and graciously in lending me his ear on this venture.  If you haven’t checked out his work before, then indulge your senses and visit his blog here.  He shoots a lot of film these days and was one of my biggest inspirations for this endeavor…thank you Gabe!  I was also privileged to hear a couple of excellent and inspiring film artists speak at WPPI this year, Elizabeth Messina of Kiss The Groom Photography and Jose Villa.

Looking back, here is one of my 35mm film shots from the first wedding Jessica and I ever photographed:

Now, coming full circle, I’m shooting with my new (old) Contax 645 medium format camera.  This frame below is one of my favorites from the first roll I ever shot a couple weeks ago:

The water and light were so wondrous that I couldn’t stop shooting, so here are a few others…

That same day, the kids and I hung out with Grandma “Nanny” Beth, my mom, at Waffle House.  The vintage Waffle House feel and the beautiful light pouring through the windows all added up to what I felt was “film ready”…well, I’m actually getting addicted to it and now everything is seeming “film ready” these days:

We look forward to sharing more of our film experiments in light with you in the upcoming weeks.

brett & jess

April 27, 2011 - 7:46 am

Gail - GORGEOUS!!! You’re great with the film camera Brett! I look forward to seeing what else you capture in the months to come!

April 27, 2011 - 8:05 am

Bobbi - Loooooove!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2011 - 8:38 am

Mama - Aaaaahh…YES.. Spending time with family – there is NOTHING like it on this planet! Your children and grandchildren grow up way to fast… capture/cherish/inhale every moment you can… it is fleeting!

April 27, 2011 - 8:46 am

Stephanie Lyell - Beautiful. Film does have such a wonderful aura around it. I look forward to seeing more!

April 27, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Gabe - Brett these are incredible. The depth the film adds to your images is beautiful. I can’t wait to watch you and Jess’s journey with this medium…I know it’s going to be amazing!!

April 27, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Sarah - I’m taking a film class in school and am discouraged because it seems useless yet awesome. I’m glad to see that there are others out there who can make it worth something still, thanks for the inspiration!

April 27, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Jess W. - Those shots of Gabe are incredible, especially *love* that first one. Very much looking forward to seeing more! Oh, and who is that dapper couple in the first photo? ;)

May 4, 2011 - 11:21 am

amanda reynolds - Love these!!! Yay for shooting film again, isn’t it amazing?!?! Just sent 5 rolls off yesterday, the suspense alone makes it all worthwhile! ENJOY :)

holly & helios {love}

You know the way the sky looks after a Spring storm? Vibrant blue skies roll in, the wet ground shines, and the air smells fresh and crisp.  It was POURING rain all morning and afternoon the day we were to do Holly and Helios’s engagement photos.  As we all watched the weather, we hoped the rain would stop for our session…..Just before we met it all cleared up to turn into a GORGEOUS evening!

Holly and Helios are so sweet and kind….They share a very tender and sincere love.

They brought along their dog Cody, and together (along with the help of Holly’s sister) we walked around and captured a little piece of who they are right now.

Helios, I love your expressions SO MUCH. Holly, you looked amazing.

Less than 6 wks!

See you there. ;)

jess & brett

April 25, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Gail - Oh I just LOVE this season you guys! You can just feel how comfortable these two are with one another. You’ve captured that with each stolen embrace!

Also, did you KNOW they were wearing purple? If not, you guys hit the motherload with that purple wall!

April 25, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Braden Jobson - I LOVE these pictures! Holly and Helios are great! We are doing their video. So looking forward to working with you!!

April 25, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Stephanie Lyell - I love this shoot! The purple wall and the after storm glow :) perfect!

April 25, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Karla - I’ve seen pictures of you two for the longest time in other blogs, but I just ran into your blog yesterday. After going back to page 26, I realized I’m a creepy stalker. Just wanted to let you know I’m a huge fan of your photography and the way you approach life! You are amazing people :) It truly reflects on your work and your stories.

April 25, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Caitlin Sullivan - Oh my goodness. LOVE!

April 26, 2011 - 7:34 am

Brad Stephens - Very nice work as always.

April 26, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Jess W. - love the light in the first photo! also, LOVE the one where you’re looking up at them with the tree in the background. Great shoot!

June 24, 2011 - 8:50 am

holly & helios {preview} | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] Holly and Helios had such a wonderful day, absolutely filled to the brim with love. Many goodies to share soon. Posted in wedding [...]

change.

I have so much admiration for people who can move through life with a smile in their heart, and joy in their step, in most any given situation.

My Brett is a nature boy. A mountain man. A guy who would love to live primitively.  I often think he was born in the wrong time. ;)  When I met him he was long haired, had a burning passion to be a vagabond, learn more languages, and help people. Soon we were married with a baby on the way, and volunteering for AmeriCorp with a measly living stipend was not cutting it anymore. He had his degree in International Studies, but he had reached a crossroads of pursuing a career- to supply for his new family.

He went back to school for I.T. because that was “where it was at” in 1999. He settled into a job. He has taken care of us since.

I have so much gratitude for my husband. The love that he has for his family…..I have no words that could accurately express what his effort means to me. For almost a decade he has worked loyally and diligently at the same company…..and today he is moving on. Today he says goodbye, and life is changing a bit…..

I am so incredibly proud of him.

Brett- I can’t wait to cheer you on, hold your hand, and walk beside you through it all.  ~yours always, Jesse

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. ~Hugh Prather

April 19, 2011 - 10:38 am

kaila - this photo speaks volumes of love and caring
Many blessings!

April 19, 2011 - 10:55 am

mel - yay! he got the job! thats amazing news. great for the family too. daddy will be around more! so ask brett if i can twitter it now. (on my non existent twitter acct ;D )

April 19, 2011 - 10:56 am

Holly - And again I will say…I love you. You both are just wonderful…definitely an inspiration. The way you both continue to follow your dreams and grow is just beautiful.

April 19, 2011 - 11:01 am

KM RIEBESEHL (MOMMYKOGGIBOO) - This is beautifully done and shows the depth of your love and warmth and caring for him!!!O:) Great happiness and many blessings to you guys!:O)

April 19, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Cassie - One of the most beautiful pictures of fatherly love I’ve seen.

April 19, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Candice {The Beautiful Mess} - congrats! i think this is so sweet…and we hope that brett’s new journey is exciting and everything he’d hoped it could be! p.s. LOVELY photo.

April 19, 2011 - 12:58 pm

Alyson Gawrych - I love this. You two are amazing!

April 19, 2011 - 2:32 pm

meredith - Knock ‘em dead b-zwo.

April 19, 2011 - 2:46 pm

Donna - Prayers for you on your new journey!

April 19, 2011 - 3:52 pm

jen - beautiful post! love the pic…where was it taken?

April 19, 2011 - 5:14 pm

KK Photography - I have been following you for over a year now and I am finally getting enough courage to write and let you know how much you and your family inspires me. Thank you for your openness on your site.

Many prayers and blessings to you and your family in this new adventure!

~Karissa

April 19, 2011 - 8:48 pm

angela jackson - amazing photo. Good luck to you 2 :)

April 20, 2011 - 8:32 am

maggie - this is precious. go get ‘em Brett!

April 20, 2011 - 8:42 am

trish - This is an amazing portrait! Thanks for allowing us into your world. Your family is an inspiration to all who follow your blog! Best wishes on your new adventures, keep us posted!

April 20, 2011 - 9:14 am

Emily - Every entry of yours makes me fall in like with you and your family a little bit more.

My boyfriend is coming up to the crossroads of finishing his masters of education and what to do about a job. He has worked his butt off in school, but Cincinnati isn’t the greatest place to be a teacher in need of a job right now. So he/we are pondering different opitions and Americorp is on the board as one of his possible options, so I got all excited when I saw that you had been involved with it.

That’s my random fun story for the day:)

Congrats to Brett on his new adventure!

April 21, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Maya Laurent - That photo is so precious. And change is a good, scary, beautiful thing. So excited for you two and changes ahead!

April 23, 2011 - 8:13 am

Gabe - Brett i am sure whatever and where ever this path leads you will do amazing things. we all wish you much love and success on your new adventure.

April 25, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Gail - Congrats Brett! Excited for you to be working at home — and already looking forward to Jess’s stories of how you two are going to manage that new balance in life! Make sure to leave some time in your summer days for runs through the sprinkler with your kiddos :)

April 29, 2011 - 8:06 am

patty - congratulations to you both… life is an adventure, isn’t it?!
this photo is simply stunning!
xo

May 5, 2011 - 1:06 am

Bobbi Sheridan - what a stunning image!!!!